October 4, 2011
“I am extremely pleased that Dianne has taken on this new role,” said President Davis. “Dianne’s expertise in adult literacy and adult education will serve the college well as we embark on this new and very necessary degree program.”
“I’m honored to be part of an effort that will potentially have such a tremendous impact on people’s lives,” Ramdeholl said. “Adult learning has, by and large, operated from the margins with not much visibility or access to resources. To have a degree where students can draw from the field’s rich history as well as contribute to a larger, dynamic conversation with other scholarly practitioners through writing and by conducting research, is both critical and exciting.”
This new online master’s program will benefit many professionals including individuals working in literacy and English as a second language programs, job retraining and workforce development, higher education, corporate training and those working with career changers. The program will help the current and next generation of adult educators to gain the knowledge, skills and educational vision to serve adult learners in the private sector, in community organizations, and in post-secondary education.
Dianne Ramdeholl has been named coordinator of the new M.A. in Adult Learning
Ramdeholl comes to the position after being an assistant professor with the college’s Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies, where she taught courses such as educational planning; class, race and gender; and some graduate courses. She continues as an instructor at New York University’s Gallatin School, and has extensive experience working in adult literacy, including seven years as the adult literacy community coordinator for the Department of Youth and Community Development (Literacy Unit) in New York, where she provided ongoing professional development/mentoring to instructors and directors of community-based organizations through conducting focus groups, and other assessments to determine needs and impact of adult literacy policy decisions in New York City.
This year, she published a book, “Adult Literacy in a New Era: Reflections from the Open Book” (Paradigm Publishers, 2011), in which she recounts the history of an adult literacy community-based organization, called The Open Book, in Brooklyn, N.Y., told partly through participants’ voices. Ramdeholl earned her Ed.D. in adult, continuing and literacy education from National Louis University; her Master of Science degree in adult education/adult literacy from Fordham University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in writing and literature from Long Island University. Her dissertation was titled, “It Must Be Told: Stories of Dreams, Hope and Possibility from The Open Book.”
About SUNY Empire State CollegeCelebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies or a blended model. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.
The college serves more than 20,200 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.
For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.
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